Hello, my name is Ian Filippini.  All the time people ask me, “what kind of name is Filippini”?  Besides being nearly impossible to spell correctly? Filipino? From the Philippines?  Only one of those three.

A search on the Ellis Island Registry (http://www.ellisisland.org/ – very cool website!)   The name Filippini is predominately Swiss Italian.  While Filippini sounds like a rare name to most Americans it is actually very popular in many parts of Italy.  In fact, Filippini is so popular that there is a street named Filippini!  (Via Dei Filippini – http://www.info.roma.it/strade_dettaglio.asp?ID_indirizzi=148)

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Interestingly enough that photo of Via Dei Filippini (Filippini Street) actually looks a lot like what the Filippini household looked like with so many Italian babies running around!  Sounds like that would be the first street where they would have more trouble spelling the first part of Ian Filippini.

There are many misspellings of Filippini including Fillipini, Fillippini, Filipini, Fillipine, Philippini, Phillipini, Phillippini and others.  Almost as many misspellings as Ian Filippini.

One of the first Filippini’s to settle in the United States was Johannes Filipipi who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750.  Others included John Fillipelli, who arrived in New York, NY in 1896, Frank and Annie Fillipello who arrived in Louisiana in the early 1900’s.

Winning the award for most famous Filippini is St. Lucy Filippini (Yes Saint) January 13, 1672 – March 25, 1732.  At an early age, Saint Lucy Filippini was orphaned after the death of her parents.  Saint Lucy Filippini then lived with her aristrocratic aunt and uncle who were paramount in Saint Lucy Filippini’s interest in religion and the good that it can bring.

While receiving her education at Santa Lucia by the Benedictine nuns Saint Lucy Filippini was given the responsibility by Cardinal Gregorio Barbarigo to begin founding schools for young women, especially the impoverished.  With the help of Rose Venerini training school teachers, Saint Lucy Filippini co-founded the Pious Matrons, a group that continued the efforts of educating girls.  The vast curriculum included embroidering, Christian doctrine, reading, arts, and weaving.  Saint Lucy Filippini created an impressive 52 (fifty-two) schools in total and was eventually given notice by Pope Clement XI who asked her to work in Rome before she passed away of breast cancer in 1732.

Today, the efforts of Saint Lucy Filippini continue through the Institure of the Religious Teachers Filippini (http://www.filippiniusa.org/ – Not to be confused with Filippini Financial Group, Inc. http://www.filippiniusa.com/) based in New Jersey.  If only they had schools in Santa Barbara – I probably wouldn’t have lost the run for Class President.

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Ian Filippini, Santa Barbara, California